Oklahoma Republican Leader Mispeaks Anti-Semitic Slur
On Wednesday, Oklahoma State House Majority Leader Dennis Johnson used the phrase “try to Jew me down” on the House floor. He offered an apology afterward that reportedly included the line “Jews run good small businesses, too.” The Tulsa World reported:
In debating in favor of a bill that would repeal a 70-year-old ban on “loss-leader” selling, Johnson, a small business owner, said service and not price were the key to success.
He then acknowledged that some customers “try to Jew me down.”
Johnson, R-Duncan — who, with Rep. Fred Jordan, R-Jenks, is the third-ranking member of the majority leadership — immediately apologized, adding that “Jews run good small businesses, too.”
“Jew down” is a slang term for haggling and is generally considered derogatory.
New Hampshire Republican Uses “Vagina” As Synonym For “Woman”
According to the Concord Monitor:
Rep. Peter Hansen, an Amherst Republican serving his second term, wrote in an April 1 email to the all-House email list that “children and vagina’s” were missing from a fellow representative’s anecdotes during the debate over whether to repeal New Hampshire’s 2011 “stand your ground” law.
The email was posted Monday on a liberal blog, and Hansen’s remark was condemned yesterday by NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire.
“We are shocked and disgusted by this derogatory comment,” said Policy and Community Relations Director Sara Persechino in a news release. “Rep. Peter Hansen was elected to represent the citizens of his district and this state; referring to women as ‘vaginas’ is not in line with New Hampshire’s value of equality for all.”
Hansen said yesterday his comment was being taken out of context.
It boggles the mind to imagine that there is any conceivable “context” in which it would be vaguely appropriate to refer to a woman as a “vagina”. Perhaps the “honorable penis” from Amherst, New Hampshire should apologize to his colleagues, his constituents and all Americans who were shocked by his mysogyny.
Meanwhile in Michigan, Democratic legislators are forbidden to use the word “vagina” to refer to actual vaginae. Details after the jump.
Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown gets censured after talking about Kosher dishes and her vagina
Last year Michigan was considering a Republican supported bill requiring an invasive transvaginal ultrasound be placed in a woman so that she could see her fetus before an abortion could be legally obtained.
State Representative Lisa Brown (D-Commerce Township & West Bloomfield Township) spoke passionately against the bill and was censured by the Speaker for using the word “vagina.” She and Rep. Barb Byrum (D_Onondaga), who proposed a bill banning vasectomies, were both barred from speaking for the remainder of the session.
I’m Jewish. I keep kosher in my home. I have two sets of dishes. One for meat and one for dairy, and another two sets of dishes on top of that for Passover. Judaism believes that therapeutic abortions, namely abortions performed in order to preserve the life of the mother are not only permissable but mandatory. The stage of pregnancy does not matter. Wherever there is a question of the life of the mother or that of the unborn child, Jewish law rules in favor of preserving the life of the mother. The status of the fetus as human life does not equal that of the mother. I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs. Why are you asking me to adopt yours?
Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.’
If you’re regulating vaginas, I don’t know how we’re supposed to not talk about them.
According to the New York Daily News:
Brown defended her right to say “vagina” at a press conference Thursday, arguing that it’s the “anatomically, medically correct term.
“If I can’t say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas?” Brown asked. “What language should I use?”